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Glyphosate verdict: US court condemns Monsanto to high fine

A US court in California made a spectacular decision last week. It sentenced Bayer subsidiary Monsanto to a "compensation for pain and suffering" equivalent to EUR 254 million for a dying cancer patient.

The packaging problem and the search for an ecological solution

When it comes to packaging, the conventional food industry and the organic sector are not very far away from each other.

Organic Food Iberia 2019: Major new organic trade fair in Madrid

According to event organiser Diversified Communications, the new trade show Organic Food Iberia will open at the IFEMA exhibition centre in Madrid in 2019.

USA: OTA starts pilot project to prevent and detect fraud

The Organic Trade Association (OTA) announced the kick-off of a groundbreaking pilot project by the organic industry to prevent and detect fraud in the global organic system. 

EU: New regulation reduces use of antibiotics

According to the new regualtion farmers in the EU are to document the use of antimicrobial drugs in their animals.

Fipronil found in organic eggs again

The German State Office for Food Safety and Consumer Protection in Lower Saxony (LAVES) has detected the insect venom fipronil in organic eggs from the Netherlands.

Ukraine: Positive development of the organic sector

Olga Trofimtseva, Deputy Minister on European Integration at the Ukrainian Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food, and Natalie Prokopchuk, Project Manager of the SECO-FiBL Project "Organic Market Development in Ukraine", share the same opinion: “The organic market in Ukraine is constantly developing.” According to the State Statistics Service of Ukraine, the country has 42.7 million hectares of agricultural land and 289,551 ha are cultivated organically. Due to the geographical location, widespread fertile black soils and proximity to potential international buyers, the country has favourable conditions to expand organic agriculture, says an official report of the Ministry.

Tritordeum: new cereal wins Sustainable Food Awards

Tritordeum is a new Mediterranean cereal with nutritional, agronomical and organoleptic benefits. It has won the first prize in the category Sustainable Ingredient in the Sustainable Food Awards 2018 by Ecovia Intelligence.

 

Leopoldina: Experts’ discussion paper calls for sustainable plant protection

Recently, the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina published the discussion paper “The Silent Spring – On the need for sustainable plant protection”, written by a group of experts including Prof Andreas Schäffer of RWTH Aachen University and Prof Juliane Filser of Bremen University among further authors.

6th BioBorrel in Amsterdam: Speakers and subjects announced

On 18th June 2018, the sixth edition of BioBorrel will be held at Pakhuis de Zwijger in Amsterdam at 6 pm. Now, the speakers and subjects have been announced by the event's organisers.

IFOAM: 1st International Conference of Wheat Landraces for Healthy Food Systems’

IFOAM – Organics International invites interested parties to their 1st International Conference of Wheat Landraces for Healthy Food Systems taking place on 13-15 June 2018 in Bologna, Italy.

Insect mortality: EU Commission to take action

According to the EU Press Office, the following new measures are proposed: a new indicator to improve monitoring and data and better coordination of EU action in different sectors and policy areas to counter the social and economic impact of the decline in pollinating insects.

Navdanya International: Experts met to draft a manifesto on Food For Health

Last month, experts from around the world met at a conference in Florence in order to work on drafting a manifesto on “Food for Health”. The meeting was introduced by Caroline Lockhart, vice president of Navdanya International, who also reviewed the steps that led to the establishment of the International Commission for the Future of Food and Agriculture.

OTA: US organic market worth $49.4 bn

Recently, the Organic Trade Association (OTA) released its annual Organic Industry Survey 2017. As the study shows, the number of organic products purchased in the USA increased again – up to 6.4% within last year. Further, the OTA revealed that the American organic market is growing six times as fast as the market as a whole.

EU plastic regulation puts manufacturers under obligation

According to a proposal by the EU Commission, ten disposable plastic products are to be withdrawn from the European market.

Germany: Glyphosate study "tree bark"

An alliance of organic producers and traders wants to promote "agriculture suitable for the grandchildren". Experts assume that pesticides spread via the air and are quasi ubiquitous. A tree bark study on the initiative "Aktion Ackergifte? No, thank you" will prove that.

India: Uttarakhand with a law for organic

The government of  the North Indian state Uttarakhand will soon bring in  a law to  give organic farming a legal backing, writes the Hindustan Times. The reason is a big demand for organic products in the domestic and foreign markets.

Ukraine: organic porridge record

At the largest agricultural exhibition of Eastern Europe, Agroport West Lviv 2018, held in the Ukraine, a new record was set.The biggest amount of cereal porridge was cooked from the certified organic products only.

Spain: Nestlé launches organic products for the first time

For the first time, food group Nestlé has introduced several organic products on the Spanish market. The launched products include the full range of NaturNes Bio baby food and a few organic coffee products.

Sustainable Food Award finalists announced

The finalists for the premier Sustainable Food Awards have been announced by Ecovia Intelligence. After much deliberation, the jury has selected the following finalists per award category.

New GMO documentary: “The Peril On Your Plate”

The Russian media company RT produced “The Peril on Your Plate”, an English language documentary for its RTDoc channel. Reporter Ekaterina Yakovleva meets people who lift the lid on the perils of GMOs and the chemicals used in the industry.

Cocoa conference: Hunger prices for cheap chocolate

"The cocoa sector will only be sustainable when farmers earn a living." This was stated in the Berlin Declaration adopted at the end of the 4th International Cocoa Conference that took place recently in the German capital. The three-day meeting of around 1,500 cocoa industry players focused on the continuing catastrophic living conditions of cocoa producers, particularly in West Africa. We took a closer look on the cocoa industry and on the organic sector.

UK: Defra released organic farming statistics for 2017

Data compiled by approved organic certification bodies are the basis for the organic farming statistics 2017. It presents estimates of the land area farmed organically, crop areas, livestock numbers and numbers of organic producers and processors in the United Kingdom.


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